Empowering the Community
For over 30 years, we have served Calgary and Area, offering palliative and hospice care, support during advanced illness, and grief counselling to patients and clients. Using our experiences and expertise, our educators offer learning opportunities designed to strengthen, engage, and equip our community. They share practical tools and offer resources to support professionals and community advocates in their day-to-day work.
Children’s Grief Centre supports children aged 19 and under as they adjust to the changes in their lives when someone close to them is living with an advanced illness or has died. Our seminars and workshops offer tools and strategies for those grieving or supporting others.
Expert-led seminar topics include:
- How grief works
- Intro to child & teen grief
- Coping strategies for grief
- Talking to children about dying & death
- Parenting grieving children
- Grief after suicide
- Honouring the deceased
- First Responder training
- Community response to dying & death
Over 2000 people a year benefit from our in-service consultation, training, seminars, and accredited workshops. Individuals and groups that call on us for training and resources include anyone who would like to broaden their understanding of palliative care and grief as well as:
- Individuals Grieving or Facing Advanced Illness (grieving individuals and families, people living with advanced Illness, and caregivers)
- Community Representatives (volunteers, community agencies, public forum organizers, and not-for-profit professionals)
- First Points of Contact (educators & school support staff, health & mental health care professionals, first responders, and spiritual care providers
- Student Bodies (grades 1-12 and post-secondary)
Children’s Grief Centre Accredited Workshops
Expert-led accredited workshops for educators, counsellors, social workers, psychologists, health and mental health professionals, and others who work with children and teens are available through Hospice Calgary.
Hospice Calgary, provider #1194, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credits. Hospice Calgary maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: September 25, 2019 – September 25, 2022. Social workers completing this course receive 6 ‘A’ continuing education credits.
Register for upcoming accredited workshops below.
Collaboration & Consultation
We work with community professionals such as victims services, teachers, health and mental health care professionals as part of a care team for individuals or families.
You can access this support through email@example.com.
Customized for You
Designed to meet your group’s specific learning needs, we create customized sessions that are delivered at a time and in a location that best works for you. Our specialized team can also offer consultation on Palliative Care and Grief.
For current information on our educational opportunities, to book a speaker, or to access additional resources, contact our team:
Children’s Grief Centre Education
Upcoming Education Opportunities
Our education is for anyone who would like to broaden their understanding of palliative care and grief. Visit our Education page for more.
The health and safety of our clients, volunteers, staff, and community members is our highest priority during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is for this reason that we have moved all upcoming sessions of Dying To Know to Zoom.
Sept 29 - How To Talk with Children About Death & Grief (Online via Zoom)
Children grieve differently than adults. They do not have the capacity to deal with intense emotions continuously like adults. Instead, children grieve in doses, alternating between times of play and intense emotions. A child’s age, developmental stage, and experiences determine their understanding of death and ability to cope with the death of a loved one.Register
Oct 13 - We Grieve Differently…Even in Families (Online via Zoom)
We all grieve in our own unique way and have different needs as we experience the death of someone close to us.Register
Oct 27 - How To Talk with Children About Advanced Illness (Online via Zoom)
When someone in the family has a life-threatening illness, the whole family is impacted by the many changes, the concerns and the unknown. Adults may choose to avoid talking to children about the illness to protect them from pain and distress. However, when children are not informed, they often feel excluded, alone and isolated. It’s important to consider that children will feel something is going on in their family even when they are not told. They may even think that they have caused the anxiety and unsettled state of their family.Register
Nov 10 - When Grief is Complicated (Online via Zoom)
Grief is how we respond when we experience loss. Everyone experiences grief and many people associate grief with the death of someone close to them. Grief is also a common reaction when someone in their lives is diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. Grief is complicated.Register
Nov 24 - Staying Connected to the Person Who Died (Online via Zoom)
When someone dies, it’s natural to worry about losing the memories you have of when they were alive. For this reason, it can be very helpful to find concrete ways to pay them tribute.Register
Dec 8 - When the Holidays Hurt (Online via Zoom)
The holidays can be a difficult time for those who grieve. Acknowledging this may help us to accept our reactions and tap into ways that make it easier to manage.Register
Parent Lunch & Learn Series Introduction (Recording)
For some families the right support may be individual or family counselling during a life-threatening illness or after a death; for others it may be attending a structured support group. We have also heard from many parents that they would appreciate brief, concrete, direct and accessible information as they navigate new situations with their grief and their children’s grief. Our new Lunch & Learns Series is designed to meet these needs.View the Recording of the Introduction Here
When Grief Goes to School (Recording)
When a child or teen has experienced the death of someone in their lives, the thought of going back to school may often bring additional challenges. There are a number of things parents can to do help their children feel safe and give them a sense of stability.View the Recording of the Session Here